13 March 2022 – Obtaining appointment slots at the Department of Foreign Affairs has been a cause for concern in recent months, particularly for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). There are some people who are taking advantage of the situation by charging a fee to secure an appointment.

We support the decision of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), led by Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin, Jr., to stop allocating appointment times to recruiting agencies and resume accepting walk-in passport applications from overseas OFWs with supporting documents starting Monday, March 14.

With this set-up, getting a passport appointment will be a whole lot less of a problem. Furthermore, because everyone will have to go through the same process, all will have an equal opportunity. It is seen to help address illegal recruiters and scammers who take advantage of OFWs or even the general public with urgent need of their passports for their deployment abroad or transactions abroad.

But there is still much more to be done. ARTA is continuously working with the DFA to help them make their processes more efficient and improve their services to the public.